Archive for September, 2006

Beerfest

Beerfest

| September 14, 2006

Off the top of your head, name your favorite season(s) of Saturday Night Live. My guess is that they weren’t the seasons that involved Julia Louis-Dreyfus or the tsunami of unfunny known as Jay Mohr/Janeane Garofalo. Like most sketch comedy troupes, the best ones are those who work as a group instead of one star […]

The Last Broadcast

The Last Broadcast

| September 12, 2006

Oh, what a great day this is for me. I’ve been waiting for this sucker to come out since the late nineties, when it first emerged, and I bought a copy on VHS. Let me lay it out for you, here…this is a moment of history staring you in the face. “The Last Broadcast” is […]

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My Skin

My Skin

| September 10, 2006

There’s a class of filmmakers that I mischievously refer to as “fanboys.” This is a group of movie lovers who simply love watching movies so much – usually cult favorites – that they wish to Zeus that they had made the damn things themselves. And sometimes they get their wish. When they get down to […]

Crank

Crank

| September 10, 2006

You’ve been injected with a serum that is slowly poisoning your body, and the only way stay alive is to keep up your adrenaline. Whether it is red bull, cocaine, burning yourself with a waffle iron, or driving a car through a mall, a man has got to do whatever it takes to keep himself […]

Conversations with Other Women

Conversations with Other Women

| September 10, 2006

“Conversations with Other Women” is a winning, deeply psychological romantic drama with a curious round-up of ancestors. In any of its carefully considered, breathtaking moments, there are shades of “Closer,” “Time Code,” “Memento,” “Lady in the Lake,” “Garden State,” and most pressingly, television’s “24.” There’s a cloud of high-nosed gimmickry looming over the film that […]

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The Legend of Lucy Keyes

The Legend of Lucy Keyes

| September 10, 2006

John Stimpson based the screenplay for his 2006 ghost story The Legend of Lucy Keyes on the real-life disappearance of a young girl in 1755 in Massachusetts. Four-year-old Lucy was walking with her sisters in the woods, but she lagged behind and her sisters returned without her. She was never found. Her mother was driven […]

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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

| September 10, 2006

An elderly Japanese fisherman, Takata, learns that his adult son is dying of cancer, a son that he has neither seen nor spoken to in ten years. His daughter-in-law, Rie, hoping for reconciliation, encourages Takata to make a visit to the hospital. Yet once there his son, Ken-ichi, refuses to see him. Unable to bring […]

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Feast

Feast

| September 10, 2006

In the third season of Emmy-nominated Project Greenlight, the winning writer team of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (writers for the upcoming The Midnight Man) served up a horror screenplay called Feast. John Gulager (cinematographer, Vic), an interestingly quirky personality with a family background in acting (Clu Gulager is John’s father and plays the gritty […]

Invincible

Invincible

| September 10, 2006

Sitting behind me in the theater were three women wearing Eagles jerseys. After the movie, during which they applauded several times, I asked them, “So, is you’s guys, ah, Eagles fans?” It was a split decision which they liked more, “da Eagles” or Mark Walhlberg. He stars as Vince Papale in Ericson Core’s feature-directing debut, […]

Idiocracy

Idiocracy

| September 10, 2006

Mike Judge, the purveyor of Beavis and Butt-head, seems pissed. In the mid-’90s, his duo of animated lug-headed grunge slackers carried the torch for lug-headed grunge slackers everywhere, Judge’s satire of stupidity presumably lost on them. Ten years later, he gives us Idiocracy, a movie determined to make sure the stupid people he’s been sneering […]